JF Ptak Science Books
Manuscript lectures delivered by B. Howard Rand at the Franklin Institute, 1851-1853. 10x8 inches, approximately 245 pages, running approximately 45,000 words. Includes lectures on "Improved Heating and Ventilation" (48 pages), "Geology" (44 pages); "On the Action of Running Water", (15 pages); "Warming", 40 pages); "Ventilation" (48 pages); "Physical Manual", (50 pages). All are bound together, written on different stock, written seemingly by slightly varying hands from time to time, and brought together in a leather-backed paper covered board volume. The pages are roughly cut, and the handwriting fast and untidy.
During this time Rand [B(enjamin) Howard Rand, 1 Oct 1827 (Philadelphia) -14 Feb 1883] was a professor of chemistry at the Franklin Institute (1850-1853). Previously:
- Graudate of Jefferson Medical College (1848)
- Clinical Assistant to Dr. Thomas Mutter and Dr. Joseph Pancost, 1846-1848
- Prof Chemistry, Franklin Institute, 1850
- Prof Chemistry, Philadelphia Medical College, 1853-4
- Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science, Secretary, 1853-1864
- Prof chemistry, Jefferson Medical College, 1864-1877
- Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians 1853; fellow of the American Philosophical Society 1868; and, besides membership in other societies, was connected with the American medical association
- Author: An Outline of Medical Chemistry (1855); Elements of Medical Chemistry (1863)
It is an interesting collection of thinking on different subjects, and a peep into the life of the Franklin Institute and scientific dialog in Philadelphia in the mid-19th century.